Week three of the 2021 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) concluded on Sunday, January 31, with victory for the USA’s Guenter Seidel and Equirelle in the Grand Prix Freestyle CDI4*, presented by U.S. P.R.E. Association.

In their first freestyle performance together, Seidel and Leatherdale Farms and Louise Leatherdale’s 2009 KWPN mare by Florett AS earned a 75.830% from judges to top the class.

“It was our first freestyle,” he began, “so I was a little conservative and kept everything fairly easy. Our floor plan was fairly easy. She’s a very hot horse and has had her issues in the ring, so I wanted to use this test to give her some confidence out there. The more it went along the more secure she seemed to get, and she was really fun to ride. Most of the test was very pleasing. I know there’s quality in there, but sometimes that’s hard to show because she can get tight or scared, but it was nice to see that she is learning how to hold it together. It was not easy for her with the wind, but I was very happy with her.”

Seidel rode the mare to a freestyle he used with a previous horse, but noted his method for getting Equirelle more experience before they dive into creating a freestyle of their own. “The music is from a horse I’ve ridden before,” he explained. “I figured I’d get her feet wet in the freestyle before I created an entirely new one. I really like the music so it works well with her for now.”

The partnership is only a few years old, and Seidel explained that his current plan with the mare is to help her gain experience throughout the remainder of the AGDF circuit. “I’ve had her for a couple of years,” he said, “and she is a very generous horse. She doesn’t want to make mistakes, but she gets hot. I think it takes time to get into a successful partnership with a horse like that at this level, but I feel like she will be a very good horse in a few years. I am going to use the shows here to get her seasoned and get her more confident in the ring. If it backfires and she starts to get nervous I will back off, but if she keeps going like this, we will keep competing.”

Judge at C, Anne Prain (FRA), praised Seidel’s plan with his mount and was impressed with the pair’s freestyle execution. She commented, “It was the first time I’ve had the pleasure of judging Guenter, and I like the way he speaks about his plan for the horse. It’s good to hear him explain that he kept his freestyle on the simple side to prepare his horse, and it’s what we judges expect. We don’t always expect the most complicated freestyle, because the horses can become over-ridden, so I think it’s much better for the horse to have something simple, but with a nice flow. To get 75% is not so easy, and his horse has a good quality about her.”

Janne Rumbough from U.S. P.R.E. Association commented on the week saying, “We usually have a big week with the U.S. P.R.E. horses here. We showcase a lot of horses and show their ability and talent, and unfortunately because of COVID we couldn’t do that showcase this year. However, we were happy to be able to still show off a couple of the horses and were happy to see some of them competing here this week. We are thrilled to sponsor AGDF again this year, and we will look forward to continuing with that and hopefully we can showcase the U.S. P.R.E. in years to come.”

Canada’s Lindsay Kellock rode to second place with Sebastien. ©SusanJStickle

Canada’s Lindsay Kellock rode to second place with Sebastien, Kellock and Enterprise Farm Equestrian LLC’s 2006 Rhinelander gelding by Sandro Hit, earning 74.575%, while Michael Klimke (GER) claimed third place on Harmony’s Diablo, Harmony Sporthorses’ 2010 Hanoverian gelding by Desparados, with 73.850%.

Earlier in the day, Jodie Kelly-Baxley (USA) rode her own Grayton Beach to their second victory of the week, this time in the FEI Intermediate-I CDI1*. Baxley and the 2011 KWPN gelding by Negro earned a 72.471% for their efforts. Second place went to Steffen Peters (USA) and Boreas FRF, a 2012 Oldenburg stallion by Bordeaux owned by Five Rings Farm, with a 71.471%. Third place was awarded to Taylor Rowsey (USA) piloting Demetrios, a 2012 Rheinlander gelding by Diamond Hit, with a 71.118%.

In the FEI Intermediate-II CDI3*, Canada’s Mathilde Blais Tetreault claimed first with Fedor, a 2009 KWPN gelding by Jazz, with a 66.647%. Second place went to Allison Kavey (USA) and Andrea Woodner’s Citha’s Utopia, a 2007 KWPN mare by Dayano, earning 61.500%.

Cesar Parra (USA) and Mr. Bumblebee achieved another win this week in the FEI Intermediate-I Freestyle CDI3*. Parra and the 2008 Danish Warmblood gelding by Sting owned by Equiventure LLC and John and Karen Blank concluded with a 75.600% from judges. Second place was captured by Michael Klimke (GER) and Harmony’s Astro, Harmony Sporthorses’ 2013 Hanoverian gelding by Astrix, achieving a 69.775%. Third place was rounded out by Germany’s Sarah Stanuschewski and Aristo, European Equestrian Transfer Group’s 2005 KWPN gelding by Olivi, with a 67.960%.

The FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI3*, presented by Horseware Ireland awarded top honors to Jan Ebeling (USA) and Indeed, Vantage Equestrian Group LI, LLC’s 2008 Danish Warmblood mare by Gorklintgards Indeera, with a 72.550%. Second place went to Nora Batchelder (USA) and Sally Seaver’s 2003 American Warmblood mare, W Gangster Girl, by Sieger, earning a 70.525%. Cedar Potts-Warner (USA) took third place riding JP Orion, Jp Giacomini’s 2005 Andalusian gelding by Hipogrifo, with a 67.170%.

In the Future Challenge/Young Horse Prix St. Georges Series, Michael Klimke (GER) piloted Uwe Kappel’s 2012 Westphalian mare by Den Haag 12, Domino 957, to victory, earning a 75.367%. Second place honors went to Christoph Koschel (GER) on Imposant, a 2013 KWPN gelding by Krack C, owned by Holga Finken, with 73.749%. Third place went to Karen Lipp (USA) and her own 2013 KWPN gelding by Dream Boy, Infinity, with 73.382%. The top two in the FEI Prix St. Georges Future Challenge Series classes qualify and are invited to the Final during AGDF 12.

In the Lövsta Future Challenge/Young Horse Grand Prix Series, Koschel and Delmonte 7, a 2011 Oldenburg stallion by Destano owned by Koschel Dressage GmbH, dominated with a 75.367%. Second place honors went to Alice Tarjan (USA) and her own Serenade MF, a 2013 Hanoverian mare by Sir Donnerhall, with 73.897%. The winner of each week’s qualifying class is also invited to the Final during AGDF 12.

Competition at AGDF will resume with AGDF 5 on February 10-14. Competition highlights will include Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W, Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special presented by CabanaCoast, Small Tour CDI3*, and Small Tour CDI1*, as well as national competition. For more information and to see a full list of results, visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

Final Results: FEI Grand Prix CDI4* Freestyle, presented by U.S. P.R.E. Association:

1. Guenter Seidel (USA) on Equirelle, Leatherdale Farms and Louise Leatherdale’s 2009 KWPN mare by Florett AS: 75.825, 78.100, 74.775, 73.175, 77.275; 75.830%

2. Lindsay Kellock (CAN) on Sebastien, Lindsay Kellock and Enterprise Farm Equestrian LLC.’s 2006 Rhinelander gelding by Sandro Hit: 74.700, 74.125, 75.575, 74.125, 74.350; 74.575%

3. Michael Klimke (GER) on Harmony’s Diablo, Harmony Sporthorses’ 2010 Hannoverian gelding by Desparados: 71.650, 74.800, 75.075, 72.050, 75.675; 73.850%

4. Christoph Koschel (GER) on Eaton Unitechno, Unitechno, Inc.’s 2009 KWPN gelding by Wynton: 69.250, 71.525, 69.450, 72.200, 75.650; 71.615%

5. Joanne Vaughn (GEO) on Al Martino 10, Joanne Vaughn’s 2004 Holsteiner gelding by Almoretto: 64.600, 68.225, 67.875, 66.200, 65.175; 66.415%